As trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is often rather painful, we do our best to help our Humble patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Groneck will tell you that the research shows just how much chiropractic can help ease soreness in the jaw.
For example, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 patients with TMJ pain who were treated with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Subjects were evaluated prior to these methods and at two weeks and two months post-treatment. The clinicians reported positive results such as reduced pain, greater jaw mobility, and lower disability at both follow-ups.
Another research study carried out an analysis of almost 800 studies involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and revealed similar findings. The group concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease pain associated with TMJ and other upper extremity disorders.
This is great news since the causes of TMJ are largely unknown. While injury to the jaw or neck can cause pain symptoms, there are other sources to consider as well, such as grinding teeth, arthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to stress.
No matter what is making your jaw hurt, call Dr. Groneck today and make an appointment to come into our Humble office. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!